Thank you for your support of our 2017 inaugural season

Help bring arts and culture to Downtown Columbia

Thank you for supporting the Trust in 2017!  Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation to support arts and culture in Downtown Columbia.  Your support made it possible for the  Inner Arbor Trust to open the iconic Chrysalis Amphitheater on April 22, 2017, bringing high-quality arts and culture programming to Downtown Columbia.  Thanks to your efforts, in our first season we were able to:

  • Host the Columbia Orchestra for a free, family-friendly pops concert;
  • Partner with Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks to host a four concert series in the Park;

  • Host Vaught Contemporary Ballet for a free ballet performance based on the book Dune;

  • Host Stary Olsa for a free performance of medieval Belarussian music;

  • Partner with community groups to host the three night free Heritage Film Festival screening movies in different languages (with English subtitles) to celebrate this community’s incredible diversity;

  • Partner with American Institute of Architects for a “behind the scenes” tour with the designers of the Chrysalis;

  • Ask “what’s your art?” and invite children to Imagine their Stage and create model stages both at the Chrysalis and as a part of the popular Big Build event at the National Building Museum;

  • Display ten Adirondack chairs painted by local artists during the Celebrate the Arts in the Park installation;

  • Hold weekend morning free music and movement events for children on the Chrysalis stage;

  • Hold Imagination Playground play sessions in the Park, inviting children to dream and build alongside the imaginative structure created for the Park;

  • Partner with the Downtown Columbia Partnership and the Howard County Library to host a free book festival, which drew authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie;

  • Host community arts groups such as Columbia Big Band at the Chrysalis; and

  • Bring over 500 people together in the pouring rain to celebrate the opening of the Chrysalis!

We are incredibly grateful for the support of Howard County, the Columbia Association, Inc., and to our donors, volunteers, and partners.  Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods is truly a community arts and culture park, and the Trust is dedicated to building this community’s vision for a world-class arts and culture destination in Downtown Columbia.

The Trust is busy planning our calendar for 2018 - both beginning the construction of a much needed pathway system through the Park and bringing even more high-quality arts and culture experiences to Downtown Columbia.  But we need your help to make this vision a reality.  Please consider making a year-end tax deductible gift by clicking here.